Electronic Gadgets

"Gadget" is a catch-all word these days for nifty devices. We've covered the basics, such as clocks & watches, plus delved into the world of present-day and future high-tech gadgets, such as digital jewelry and restaurant pagers.

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Pretty Handy? Gloves Turn Sign Language Into Speech and Text

Two college undergrads have invented a pair of gloves that can track sign language and turn it into either spoken word or text.

Explore Deep Ocean Thermal Vents With This 3-D Virtual Reality Video

Once the domain of robots, the seafloor's becoming more accessible thanks to 3-D, HD videos like this one created near Samoa by the research vessel Falkor.

Franky Zapata Shatters Hoverboard World Record

Zapata traveled more than 2 kilometers while riding the Flyboard Air, a jet-powered hoverboard. The previous record for farthest distance was a mere 276 meters.

High-tech Glasses Adjust Focus Depending on Where You Look

Want to ditch those reading glasses for specs that won't make your head spin every time you look around? One company is working on glasses that do all the heavy lifting.

Salty Fork for Salty Folk

Researchers in Japan have introduced an electric fork that causes the eater to taste salt. Welcome to the stimulating world of electro-gustation.

Self-lacing Shoe Future Arrives With Nike's HyperAdapt 1.0

One of the world's biggest athletic shoe makers is launching a new set of kicks that won't have to be double knotted. We assume Marty McFly's on that pre-order tip.

When Touchscreens Touch Back

In the future, you may not need to carry around your smartphone. Instead, your hands will become smart technology — and you’ll be able to feel it.

Body Blow! Body Blow! Counting Punches With Wearables for Boxers

You want to know how many uppercuts you're throwing, right? The wearable tech company Hykso has your back.

Will Speech Recognition Software Mean the End of Accents?

Changing your speech to be understood by another person is one thing. Have you altered your accent just so your phone's voice recognition software understands you?

Newly Developed Wearable Tech Can Analyze Your Sweat for Important Data

A new wearable monitor can analyze the chemical content of perspiration. Such gadgets could detect signs of dehydration and fatigue, or help manage health problems.

Here's the Scoop on HDR TVs

TV technology always gets a lot of play at CES. This year the hyper centered on HDR TVs. But don't go rushing out to buy one just yet.

Would You Pee Into Your Socks to Power Your Phone, Save Your Life?

"Stranded on a desert island" scenarios may vanish thanks to urine-powered socks that could allow you to send a life-saving text even if there's no outlet to plug into.

Hold on to Your Socks. They’ll Help You Watch Netflix

You doze off while watching "Jessica Jones." Next thing you know, she's getting busy with Luke Cage. How did this happen? What did you miss? Your Netflix socks can help.

Is This Why Your Buddy Is Always No. 1 on Fitbit?

Fitness trackers are hugely popular for people who want to increase their activity — and compete with pals. But the accuracy of such devices could be a little off.

That PalmPilot Is Way Cool

That's right. Old technology is good technology these days. Retro tech is cool, so bust out your Game Boy already.

BMW Crafts High-tech Racing Wheelchair for U.S. Paralympics Team

The car manufacturer brings aerodynamic expertise — and loads of carbon fiber — to wheelchair racing.

Imagine Pedestrians as the Next Renewable Energy Source. This Company Does.

A British company is seeking a new source of alternative energy — pedestrians' footsteps — and using it to generate electricity. But this is no hamster wheel future!

How Haptic Footwear Works

You're used to your smartphone's vibration alerts, but could the same technology in a shoe really help give the wearer directions?

The All-knowing All-seeing Porcelain God

If you love self-tracking, you're going to wet yourself with excitement for smart toilets.

Wearable Tech for Pets: A Whole New Way to Call Your Dog

With this new breed of smart collars, you'll know when your dog is napping, frolicking or needing a boost in activity levels.

How Smart Rings Work

We have smartphones, smart watches and now smart rings. But can a gadget that small really help you manage your communication and information needs?

10 Weird Wearables That Monitor Your Health

The hottest wearable tech market is the health care market, because a lot of these gadgets can really improve lives. Some of the gadgets are ingenious. Others are just wacky.

Do people who wear fitness trackers really walk more?

With all the benefits of walking — and a surge in fitness trackers on the marketplace — the question still remains: Will wearing a fitness tracker encourage you to walk more?

Are people who wear fitness trackers healthier than people who don't?

You know them — the one in five Americans who own wearable fitness trackers. So are they in better shape than those of us without a wristband tracking our every move? You might be surprised.

How accurate are fitness trackers?

You believe your fitness tracker's data when it says you walked 10,000-plus steps and burned more than 500 calories today. But how accurate are those results? Could your FitBit be underestimating — or (gasp!) inflating — your daily energy output?